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The cyclo-cross vs gravel conundrum: understanding the differences

Old 11-07-19, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Hmmm View Post
Am I wrong in thinking that GRAVEL bikes are just a more comfortable CX bike with usually more tire clearance? And the two categories are mere marketing talk to sell more bikes?

Both are drop bar bikes with larger tire clearance. Some more aggressive than others, some larger tire clearance than others.
CX bikes have traditionally had higher bottom brackets, but that isn't so universal anymore.
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Old 11-07-19, 06:11 PM
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What you really need is to have a gravel bike and a cross bike This is of course in addition to a road bike.
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Old 11-11-19, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
What you really need is to have a gravel bike and a cross bike This is of course in addition to a road bike.
And 2 mountain bikes, a commuter, a fixie, and be thinking about a tandem for date night!
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Old 11-12-19, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by wsteve464 View Post
GCN, gravel v CX
Yeah, I have commented on that one before. Like a lot of their videos - it really depends on things like setup.

I was choosing between those two bikes. I picked the slow one (yellow CX) and set it up like the Gravel (green one) (I use 40mm tires, 2x, etc) so I have the best of both worlds for my needs - light, fast, and agile. None of the negatives apply, all it took was configuring it in 2x and then a change in tires. Everything that made the green bike faster just doesn't apply to me. For that type of riding it really comes down to tires though - 32mm tire just is going to be a lot more work and slower than a 40mm tire.

Funny, a friend who bought the gravel version didn't like it because it lacked a little agility and of course he has more pedal strike with the lower BB. Everyone has different needs...

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Old 11-12-19, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by gravelslider View Post

What you really need is to have a gravel bike and a cross bike This is of course in addition to a road bike.
And 2 mountain bikes, a commuter, a fixie, and be thinking about a tandem for date night!
I know. I have them all. But the CX bike is the only one that gets any love

Well, then there is the tandem for date nights - that creates love!

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Am I wrong in thinking that GRAVEL bikes are just a more comfortable CX bike with usually more tire clearance? And the two categories are mere marketing talk to sell more bikes?

Both are drop bar bikes with larger tire clearance. Some more aggressive than others, some larger tire clearance than others.
Kind of, although all modern CX bikes take 40mm tires (gives great mud clearance with 33mm tires). They have migrated a lot towards what gravel needs. And, they tend to have lower stack, higher BB and be a little more agile - so they put the rider in a more "racey" position.

Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Of course racing MTB on a CX would just be bonkers.
LoL, true.
Our large national level 30 mile mountain bike race was won on an aggressive gravel bike last year (I think it was an OPEN). This year it was a little too mudy for a gravel bike.
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Old 11-13-19, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by wsteve464 View Post
I like GCN as much as the next guy, but this video is an unfair comparison. Gotta get those views though!
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Old 12-01-19, 05:44 AM
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As mentioned, main differences are bb height and tire clearance (in general). Whether that affects/bother you, that's a personal question. For me, yes it matters enough that I'd want a frame with slightly lower bb and the ability to take 40mm+ tires comfortably (even though I do like steeper angles and shorter chainstays).
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Old 12-01-19, 10:06 PM
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sometimes the differences between a "gravel" bike and a "CX" bike are nothing more than the factory-equipped tires and gearing (see: Scott Addict "Gravel" vs. "CX", SC Stigmata)
Sometimes the differences between a 'gravel' and a 'cx' bike are substantial (see: CruX vs. Diverge, Checkpoint vs. SuperX)

I have a Diverge and a SuperX. I legitimately have zero use for the Diverge, except for Commuting. The Diverge is just an endurance road bike with big(ger) tires. If I could get value for the Diverge, I'd sell it in a heartbeat.
It is slower steering, but impressively stable on high speed descents. The SuperX is faster in every kind of terrain, it steers much faster, is far more agile, and climbs better (due to geometry and it being about a kilo lighter)

If you think the difference between an 'endurance' bike (such as a Roubaix) and a 'race' bike such a Tarmac are enough to make you want to choose one over the other, then go for it.
If you want to hook stuff to the bike, and need a bunch of connections, you could get a 'gravel' bike, or you could get a "less racy" type of CX bike (like a CAADX, for example) as many of them are multi-purpose. Some (CruX is a good example) are pure race bikes and don't have any type of connections for a rack or fenders, etc (easy to get around, but still less convenient)
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Old 12-02-19, 11:36 PM
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My only question is do either come in a 26" wheel size?
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